For those of you that know me you know that I’m not a morning person. This is a struggle for me being here at 8am in the morning so please excuse me if you see me drink several cups of coffee. I want to thank each and every one of you for getting up this early to be here this morning, especially those of you who came from a distance.I first heard this quote a few years ago at the New York Beef Producer’s Association Annual Meeting. I was having a conversation with someone who I was planning on driving to Albany with to attend the New York Farm Bureau Taste of New York Legislative Day for elected officials and their representatives. I was so tired on that day and didn’t want to drive all the way to Albany to man a table for some food fair. But her quote hit me. Just me being there was all it took. The world is run by those who show up.Ever since then this quote has stuck with me.The article suggests thatpeople tend to fall into two groups: those who are disengaged from the world around them or those who are active participants trying to shape the future.
Maybe this person is you?“If you want to get something done then ask a busy person”
I’ve been doing a lot of mediation training – Getting to Yes; focusing on the interests of othersI think it can also work with an organizationMaybe there is a business introductionPatron each other’s businessShowcase work
This is Our Organization - New York Agri-Women
This Is Our OrganizationSecond Annual New York Agri-Women Annual Meeting & Conference March 3, 2012 By Cari Rincker
“The World is Run ByThose Who Show Up.” --Robert B. Johnson in the Journal ofManagement and Engineering, Vol. 15, Issue 1(January/February 1999) at 90-92.
Think About It• People who “show up” on election day pick the President or other elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels• People who “show up” on lobbying outreach day influence elected officials and their representatives
Think About It• The cattle ranchers that “show up” at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Annual Meeting vote on policies that steer the direction of the organization• Those that “show up” at Farm Bureau meetings similarly set policies for the state or national organization
Think About Your Community• Do you think it’s a coincidence that the same people serve the community in several different ways? – Local food bank – Chamber of Commerce – Little League – Religious organizations – Planning Agri-tours
The Power of Volunteer Leadership• Most decisions, policies, laws, and programs are put into place by governing boards, citizen groups and professional organizations that rely heavily on volunteer leadership.
The Power of Positive Role Models• Great leaders don’t complain, they create change. – Be a role model – Impress the value of public service on others – Play an active role in positive change in your community
Why Did You “Show Up?”• Everybody has a reason – what’s yours? – Business networking/marketing – Camaraderie – Education – Legislative Issue – Interest in the NY Agriculture Economy – Learn how to communicate with urban consumers
Take A Moment To Think About the Interests of Others• Think about the potential interests of the people in this room.• What can you do personally to help satisfy those needs/interests?• What can New York Agri-Women do to help satisfy those needs/interests?
But It Takes Volunteer Power & People Willing to “Show Up”
“Never doubt that a small group ofthoughtful, committed citizens canchange the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
“All Great Changes Are Preceded By Chaos” - Anonymous